Jackson, Tennessee, Personal Injury & Workers' Compensation Law Blog

How long is the statute of limitations in Tennessee?

You were traveling in a vehicle with several other people when a truck driver decided to merge into your lane unexpectedly. There was no lane open to merge into yourself, which resulted in your vehicle getting hit by the truck.

Months later, you're still struggling with injuries. You need to focus on your health, so you haven't even thought about suing. The problem with this is that you could be running out of time.

Toxic hazards: Where to learn more in your workplace

Toxic exposure can catch employees off guard. Many people don't realize that they're being exposed to hazardous materials. If they are, they could develop illnesses nearly immediately or over several years, making it hard to link the disease to toxins in the workplace.

If you will be working with toxins in the workplace, your employer should provide you with more information about the toxins present. These are listed on a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). The sheet gives you more information about the toxins you're around and on how to treat exposure. There is also information on disposal, the best protective measures and equipment and what to do if the toxin leaks or spills. MSDSs should be provided for every toxin in the workplace. If they are not readily available, then you can look online to obtain an MSDS sheet on the toxin you're concerned about.

Spring crashes: What to watch out for in Tennessee

Tennessee is a beautiful state with many interesting places to visit, but that means that when spring arrives, more people do, too. People from out of the area may not be familiar with the roadways and can end up putting residents in danger.

Spring is a time when crashes occur for many reasons, not just because of tourism. Here are a few reasons why you may see more crashes in the coming months.

Food poisoning as a personal injury claim

After indulging in a restaurant meal with your family and splurging on cash, you wake up the next day to find that the entire family has become sick. You are all suffering from the same symptoms: diarrhea, vomiting and extreme pain. You need to skip work and lose wages as a result. You may even need to pay for medical treatment.

If you have ever been in a situation like this or one similar, you will understand how frustrating and anger-inducing it is. You know that the restaurant that you attended together must be to blame, but you do not know how to go about taking action. The following is a brief guide on how to take action in Tennessee when you have suffered from food poisoning at a restaurant.

Man charged 7 months after fatal collision

Sometimes, those involved in cases where someone is killed don't get arrested or charged right away. The police and investigators need time to collect evidence and information about what happened. Over time, the prosecution can decide to file charges if there is enough evidence to hold a driver accountable for reckless or negligent behavior.

That may be why the charges against this man took so long to file. A man involved in a fatal crash in August 2017 has been charged seven months later. According to the news from Mar. 21, he allegedly caused a crash in which a woman was killed near Henry, Tennessee. The 34-year-old man was indicted for the crash and charged with vehicular homicide in March 2018. He now faces two counts of vehicular homicide and one for reckless driving. He also face a count for DUI and for the violation of the due care law.

Reporting an accident is necessary in Tennessee

If you get into a car accident in Tennessee, there are a few things you have to do. Initially, you must assess the situation to determine if you need to call for help or make an accident report. If anyone is hurt or there is property damage, call 911 to have the police and emergency medical team come to the scene. If you don't report an accident in Tennessee, you could have your license suspended, so it's always better to err on the side of safety.

In addition to notifying authorities is anyone is hurt or killed. If there is property damage worth more than $50, your insurance company requires you to report an accident. Because Tennessee has that low property damage threshold for crashes, every crash that takes place in the state is normally reported.

Do fractures require surgery or lead to complications?

It's always painful to watch your child go through an injury, and in the back of your mind, you may worry that your child won't overcome it. When it comes to things like broken bones, they're fairly common during youth. Children fall and get hurt regularly.

It's always a good idea to seek medical attention for those injuries, though. Children who break their bones often may have an underlying health condition. Those who are hurt may also develop complications, so it's best to allow a medical professional to look at the injury before diagnosing it.

How to handle lost wages after a car crash

After a car crash, there are many things you have to think about. You need to plan for medical care, find ways to pay your bills and focus on your recovery. With so much going on in your life, you may not feel like you have time to fight with an insurance company or to spend time negotiating.

It's a good idea to think about your decisions carefully, though, because if you've lost wages now or may in the future, you want to be fairly compensated. Your attorney can help you negotiate once you get him or her the appropriate paperwork describing your income and the income you're losing due to your injuries.

3 face charges after hit-and-run collision

It's devastating to find out that someone you love has been killed in an accident. Any death that happens without warning is a shock, and it hurts even more that your loved one had his or her life cut short as a result of someone else's negligence.

It's hard to handle the idea that someone else was so negligent that they caused a fatal accident, but fatal accidents happen fairly often. If someone you love is in a fatal crash, it means that you and other close relatives may have the right to seek compensation for that death.

Seasonal changes impact your vehicle's functions

Warm days and chilly nights are common in the spring and have the potential to wreak havoc on your vehicle. Every time the temperature rises or falls, it means that your tire pressure changes. Fluids in your vehicle may freeze overnight if temperatures drop. During the day, gases expand, putting pressure on the parts of your vehicle that warm and cool. Metal expands and contracts, getting tight and becoming loose.

These subtle changes have the potential to make a vehicle dangerous to drive over time. That's why most people have their vehicle maintenance performed once or twice per year. It's a good idea to do so at least once in the spring in order to know how the winter affected your vehicle's condition.

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